Pre-marriage Program

Preparation for Marriage/Relationship

PREPARE-ENRICH is a customized couple assessment tool, completed online, that identifies a couple’s strength and growth areas. It is one of the most widely used programs for premarital counseling and premarital education.

The inventory covers couples who are dating, couples considering engagement or who are now actually planning their wedding, or entering into a long term relationship, as well as those already married.

Based on a couple’s assessment results, a trained facilitator provides feedback sessions in which the facilitator helps the couple discuss and understand their results as they are taught proven relationship skills.

How many people have taken the PREPARE-ENRICH program ?

Over 3 million couples have taken the PREPARE-ENRICH Program since it began in 1980.

The program’s main goals

  1. To explore Relationship Strengths and Growth Areas
  2. To learn Assertiveness and Active Listening Skills
  3. To learn how to resolve conflict
  4. To help the couple discuss their Family-of-Origin
  5. To help the couple cope better with stressors
  6. To focus on personal, couple and family goals

The Customized Version – Main Features

The Customized Version is an exciting new approach to couple assessment since it is tailor-made to each couple. While this idea was conceived years ago, it is only with the advent of the Internet that it is has become possible to create and to use this dynamic online system.

The way in which a couple responds to some of the introductory questions in the Customized Version determines the particular package of scales that they receive – customized for their particular situation.

The first main category is the stage of their relationship – whether they are dating, engaged or married. Additional questions relate to their age and whether there are children involved in the relationship.

As well as providing important demographic and background information for a couple, 22 areas are assessed and individual and couple responses in these areas are summarised in reports made available to their Facilitator:

A. Significant Issues For Couples (10 Scales):

  • Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Partner Style & Habits
  • Financial Management
  • Leisure Activities
  • Affection & Sexuality
  • Family and Friends
  • Idealistic Distortion
  • Relationship Roles
  • Spiritual Beliefs

B. Relationship Dynamics (4 Scales):

  • Assertiveness
  • Self Confidence
  • Avoidance
  • Partner Dominance

C. Couple and Family Map (4 Scales):

  • Closeness and Flexibility of Family-of-Origin
  • Closeness and Flexibility of Couple Relationship/Marriage

D. Personality (4 Scales):

  • Social
  • Change
  • Organized
  • Pleasing
  • Emotionally Steady

Couples also answer questions about STRESS and, depending on their circumstances answer questions about cultural/ethnic issues, interfaith/interchurch issues, parenting issues, cohabitation issues, forgiveness issues, commitment issues and issues arising from a previous marriage.

The next step is for the couple to return for a number of feedback sessions (as determined by them and the Facilitator). This process is aided by reports provided on-line to the Facilitator. Couples also receive a Couple’s Workbook that contains over 20 exercises designed to help a couple to respond to the feedback dialogue being encouraged by the Facilitator.

There are six core couple exercises to complement the larger feedback process:

  1. Sharing and Growth areas
  2. Creating a Wish List using Assertiveness and Active Listening
  3. Ten Steps for Resolving Conflict
  4. Couple and Family Map – Mapping the Relationship
  5. Personal Stress profile – Identifying the most critical issues
  6. Personality Exercise

What Others Say About PREPARE-ENRICH

“I wanted to tell you how wonderful I think the materials are. The precision of customization, the clarity of expression, the graphics, the insights, the usability – all make for an excellent presentation for the couple and ease of use for the facilitator.”

“Wonderful! PREPARE is the most “fun” counseling I do, and the couples say it is the best thing they have ever done for themselves. Thank you!”

“This is fabulous material…well thought out and carefully executed.”

“This is quickly becoming my favorite tool for educating couples.”

“Simply outstanding!”

“I’ve been in the mental health field for 30 years and haven’t had a better experience of professional development.”

Further Imformation

Click here for more information about this incredible program or email Lidy at: lidy@acouplesjourney.com to find out how she can help you complete the inventory. Lidy is a registered facilitator with Prepare-Enrich Australia and can conduct your feedback sessions in her office or via skype or telephone

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